I am a Professor of Hispanic linguistics in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am also a faculty affiliate in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and in the Social Justice Initiative. I am also the founding director of the Language in Context Research Group.
Since 2009 I've served as Executive Editor of the journal Spanish in Context.
Most broadly, I am interested in the promotion of minority languages and multilingualism, particularly via elementary schooling. My work focuses on Spanish in the United States, including factors that influence intergenerational language transmission, connections between language and identity, and heritage language education. Some of my recent research topics include:
* Language development in dual immersion schools
* Mexican and Puerto Rican Spanish in Chicago, and the language and identity of mixed “Mexi-Rican” individuals
* Teaching heritage languages, particularly Spanish in the U.S.
* Spanish use in Chicago quinceañera celebrations
* The use of “Spanglish” in commercially published greeting cards
Talk delivered at the Santa Barbara-Ventura Association of World Language Teachers, hosted at California Lutheran University, February 2020
The AATSP invited me to share on the topic of how dual immersion schools in the U.S. contribute to social justice.
Una discusión interesante con la doctora Erika Ederly de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México en Chicago.